Grégoire de Lafforest designed Archibird, a solid oak birdcage table.
In collaboration with Ateliers Seewhy for its construction, he engaged an interesting array of mediums - glass, metal and wood. The idea was to break the usual standards of bird cages and integrate the cage into our everyday living space. Grégoire says that the glass domes are a reference to the curiosity cabinets of the past. The main intention of the design has been the drive for lightness and illusions, for instance, the bottom part of the cage is suspended to the steel rods, but in reality it is supported by the tree branch. The legs are also shaped to achieve this aerial feeling. Its purity gives an idealized vision of nature.
Despite this sculptural look, the bird cage has all the attributes of a bird cage: it can be opened for cleaning, it has mangers and a small washing pool.
photo© Jérome Galland